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Wild halibut with morels, wild garlic and Jersey Royals Recipe

8th Jul 2016

Wild halibut with morels, wild garlic and Jersey Royals

Host a Terrace restaurant inspired dinner among your dearest friends and impress their tastebuds with this delectable dinner party recipe by Head Chef Matthew Tomkinson


  • 4 Halibut escalopes, large
  • plain flour for dusting
  • olive oil
  • 1 dash of lemon juice
  • salt

Halibut sauce

  • 1/2 small onion, finely sliced
  • 4 shallots, finely sliced
  • 1 leek, white only, finely sliced
  • 50g of fish trimmings, from halibut
  • 100ml of Noilly Prat
  • 150ml of double cream
  • 50ml of whole milk
  • 1/2 bulb of garlic, crushed
  • 1 bunch of rosemary, small
  • olive oil
  • salt

Morels and asparagus

  • 200g of Jersey Royal potatoes
  • 200g of wild garlic
  • 100g of morel mushroom
  • 12 asparagus spears, peeled
  • 60g of butter
  • 20g of chopped chives
  • salt


1. Pour enough olive oil just to cover the base of a medium sized pan. Place on a medium heat and gently the sweat the onion, leeks and shallots until soft
2. Add the fish trimmings and cook for a further 10 minutes before adding the Noilly Prat. Reduce the liquid in the pan until almost dry, add the cream and milk and bring to the boil
3. Remove from the heat and add the rosemary and garlic. Cover and leave to infuse for at east 1 hour. Pass through a fine sieve and set aside to cool until required
4. Place the potatoes in a pan and cover with water a good pinch of salt. Bring to the boil and cook until tender, this should take around 10-15 minutes
5. Allow the potatoes to sit in the hot water for an additional 5 minutes,before straining. Add 15g of the butter, the chives and a few pinches of salt. Add a little hot water and toss to form a buttery emulsion to coat the potatoes. Keep in a warm place
6. In a large frying pan melt the remaining butter. As it starts to sizzle and foam, add the wild garlic and morels, cook gently until wilted and soft. Season to taste with salt.
7. Cook the asparagus in boiling water for 1 minute, strain and keep warm with the potatoes
8. Place a large frying pan on a medium heat with a little olive oil. Lightly flour the halibut and cook until golden and just pink in the middle. This will take around 3 minutes on each side. Season with a small splash of lemon juice and salt
9. Using warm plates, divide the various vegetables into the centre and top with the halibut. Reheat the sauce and froth lightly with a hand blender, spoon over to coat the fish and serve immediately.

Don't fancy cooking this yourself? Why not come down to The Terrace restaurant and let our fantastic chef Matthew Tomkinson do the work?
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